Studies revealed that Diego, a Galapagos giant tortoise, fathered almost 40 percent of the young offsprings released in the wild on Española Island in the Galapagos Islands. His sexual exploits may just save his species from extinction.
A new giant tortoise species, named the Eastern Santa Cruz Tortoise, was recently found in Galapagos. Now studies are helping researchers target conservation efforts that will help protect the animals and their natural habitats.
Normally when you see "invaders" and "endangered" in the same sentence, it usually means invaders are causing trouble for a species already on its way out. That then would make the iconic tortoises found in the Galapagos Islands a very startling exception to the rule. New research has revealed that these gentle giants are completely pigging out on the islands' otherwise harmful invasive plants.
The giant tortoise is an ancient and iconic species of reptile that specifically characterizes the Galapagos islands. However, thanks to shrinking habitats and the introduction of new species to the islands, the tortoise has remained a threatened species. Now researchers are saying that the species as a whole is finally on its way to a slow-and-steady recovery.